Indonesian officials have warned that youths are now reportedly using menstrual pads to get high by boiling the sanitary products and then drinking the water.
Both new and used sanitary pads are said to be obtained by young Indonesians looking for a cheap and legal way to get high.
According to the Indonesian National Drug Agency (BNN), the chemicals in the sanitary pads give those who drink the resulting concoction a feeling of “flying” and hallucinations.
Police on the island of Java, home to the capital Jakarta, have arrested several intoxicated teenagers who later revealed they had gotten high from the unusual ‘sanitary pad formula’, Straits Times report.
Head of the BNN in Central Java said: “The used pads they took from the trash were put in boiling water. After it cooled down, they drank it together.”
A 14-year-old boy from Belitung Island, east of Sumatra, who admitted to getting drunk by boiling unused pads, described to a local newspaper how he creates the concoction.
A pad is removed from the wrapper and boiled for about an hour, after which the water is cooled.
The sanitary product is squeezed into the container, after which the water is drunk, he told Pos Belitung.
While describing the resulting beverage as bitter, he said him and his friends drink it ‘morning, afternoon and evening’.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health is now probing what chemical is extracted in the boiling process to cause the ‘high’.